PeerFinder class

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Enables you to discover another instance of your app on a nearby device and create a socket connection between the peer apps by using a tap gesture or by browsing.

Syntax

Public NotInheritable Class PeerFinder

Attributes

[MarshalingBehavior(Agile)]
[Threading(Both)]
[Version(0x06020000)]

Members

The PeerFinder class has these types of members:

Events

The PeerFinder class has these events.

EventDescription
ConnectionRequested Occurs when a remote peer requests a connection using the ConnectAsync method.
TriggeredConnectionStateChanged Occurs during a tap gesture from a remote peer.

 

Methods

The PeerFinder class has these methods. With C#, Visual Basic, and C++, it also inherits methods from the Object class.

MethodDescription
ConnectAsync Connects to a peer discovered by a call to the FindAllPeersAsync method.
CreateWatcher Creates a new instance of a PeerWatcher object for dynamic discovery of peer apps.
FindAllPeersAsync Asynchronously browses for peer computers that are running the same app within wireless range.
Start() Starts the process of finding peer apps and makes an app discoverable to remote peers.
Start(String) Delivers a message to a peer app on a proximate device.
Stop Stops the process of finding peer apps or advertising for a peer connection.

 

Properties

The PeerFinder class has these properties.

PropertyAccess typeDescription

AllowBluetooth

Read/writeSpecifies whether the PeerFinder class may connect a StreamSocket object by using Bluetooth.

AllowInfrastructure

Read/writeSpecifies whether the PeerFinder class may connect to a StreamSocket object using TCP/IP.

AllowWiFiDirect

Read/writeSpecifies whether the PeerFinder class may connect a StreamSocket object by using Wi-Fi Direct.

AlternateIdentities

Read-onlyGets a list of alternate appId values to match with peer applications on other platforms.

DiscoveryData

Read/writeGets or sets the name that identifies your computer to remote peers.

DisplayName

Read/writeGets or sets the name that identifies your computer to remote peers.

Role

Read/writeGets or sets the role of the app in peer-to-peer connections.

SupportedDiscoveryTypes

Read-onlyGets a value that indicates which discovery options are available to use with the PeerFinder class.

 

Remarks

Important  

The proximity APIs do not provide authentication, encryption, or message integrity. Do not use proximity to exchange user sensitive information such as passwords, financial data, text messages, email, photographs, or government id numbers.

Examples

Protected Overrides Sub OnNavigatedTo(e As Navigation.NavigationEventArgs)
    DisplayNameTextBox.Text = Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.DisplayName
    AddHandler Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.ConnectionRequested, AddressOf ConnectionRequested

    ' If activated from launch or from the background, create a peer connection.
    Dim args = TryCast(e.Parameter, Windows.ApplicationModel.Activation.LaunchActivatedEventArgs)
    If args IsNot Nothing AndAlso args.Kind = Windows.ApplicationModel.Activation.ActivationKind.Launch Then

        If args.Arguments = "Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder:StreamSocket" Then
            AdvertiseForPeersButton_Click()
        End If
    End If
End Sub

Protected Overrides Sub OnNavigatingFrom(e As Navigation.NavigatingCancelEventArgs)
    If _started Then
        ' Detach the callback handler (there can only be one PeerConnectProgress handler).
        RemoveHandler Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.TriggeredConnectionStateChanged, AddressOf TriggeredConnectionStateChanged
        ' Detach the incoming connection request event handler.
        RemoveHandler Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.ConnectionRequested, AddressOf ConnectionRequested
        Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.Stop()
        CloseSocket()
        _started = False
    End If
End Sub

' Write a message to MessageBlock on the UI thread.
Private Async Sub WriteMessageText(message As String, Optional overwrite As Boolean = False)
    Await Dispatcher.RunAsync(Windows.UI.Core.CoreDispatcherPriority.Normal,
        Sub()
            If overwrite Then
                MessageBlock.Text = message
            Else
                MessageBlock.Text &= message
            End If
        End Sub)
End Sub

Private _started As Boolean = False

' Click event handler for "Advertise" button.
Private Sub AdvertiseForPeersButton_Click()

    If _started Then
        WriteMessageText("You are already advertising for a connection." & vbCrLf)
        Return
    End If

    Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.DisplayName = DisplayNameTextBox.Text

    If ((Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.SupportedDiscoveryTypes And
         Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerDiscoveryTypes.Triggered) =
         Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerDiscoveryTypes.Triggered) Then

        AddHandler Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.TriggeredConnectionStateChanged,
            AddressOf TriggeredConnectionStateChanged

        WriteMessageText("You can tap to connect a peer device that is " &
                         "also advertising for a connection." & vbCrLf)
    Else
        WriteMessageText("Tap to connect is not supported." & vbCrLf)
    End If

    If (Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.SupportedDiscoveryTypes And
        Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerDiscoveryTypes.Browse) <>
        Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerDiscoveryTypes.Browse Then

        WriteMessageText("Peer discovery using Wifi-Direct is not supported." & vbCrLf)
    End If

    Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.Start()
    _started = True
End Sub

Private Sub TriggeredConnectionStateChanged(
    sender As Object,
    e As Windows.Networking.Proximity.TriggeredConnectionStateChangedEventArgs)

    If e.State = Windows.Networking.Proximity.TriggeredConnectState.PeerFound Then

        WriteMessageText("Peer found. You may now pull your devices out of proximity." & vbCrLf)
    End If

    If e.State = Windows.Networking.Proximity.TriggeredConnectState.Completed Then
        WriteMessageText("Connected. You may now send a message." & vbCrLf)
        SendMessage(e.Socket)
    End If
End Sub

' Click event handler for "Browse" button.
Private Async Sub FindPeersButton_Click()
    If (Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.SupportedDiscoveryTypes And
        Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerDiscoveryTypes.Browse) <>
        Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerDiscoveryTypes.Browse Then

        WriteMessageText("Peer discovery using Wifi-Direct is not supported." & vbCrLf)
        Return
    End If

    Try
        Dim peerInfoCollection = Await Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.FindAllPeersAsync()
        If peerInfoCollection.Count > 0 Then
            ' Connect to first peer found - example only.
            ' In your app, provide the user with a list of available peers.
            ConnectToPeer(peerInfoCollection(0))
        End If
    Catch err As Exception
        WriteMessageText("Error finding peers: " & err.Message & vbCrLf)
    End Try
End Sub

Private Async Sub ConnectToPeer(peerInfo As Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerInformation)

    WriteMessageText("Peer found. Connecting to " & peerInfo.DisplayName & vbCrLf)
    Try
        Dim socket = Await Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.ConnectAsync(peerInfo)

        WriteMessageText("Connection successful. You may now send messages." & vbCrLf)
        SendMessage(socket)
    Catch err As Exception
        WriteMessageText("Connection failed: " & err.Message & vbCrLf)
    End Try

    requestingPeer = Nothing
End Sub

' Click event handler for "Stop" button.
Private Sub StopFindingPeersButton_Click()

    _started = False
    Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerFinder.Stop()
    If proximitySocket IsNot Nothing Then CloseSocket()
End Sub

' Handle external connection requests.
Private requestingPeer As Windows.Networking.Proximity.PeerInformation

Private Sub ConnectionRequested(sender As Object,
    e As Windows.Networking.Proximity.ConnectionRequestedEventArgs)

    requestingPeer = e.PeerInformation

    WriteMessageText("Connection requested by " & requestingPeer.DisplayName & ". " &
        "Click 'Accept Connection' to connect.")
End Sub

Private Sub AcceptConnectionButton_Click()
    If requestingPeer Is Nothing Then
        WriteMessageText("No peer connection has been requested.")
        Return
    End If

    ConnectToPeer(requestingPeer)
End Sub

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows 8 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8

Namespace

Windows.Networking.Proximity
Windows::Networking::Proximity [C++]

Metadata

Windows.winmd

Capabilities

proximity
ID_CAP_PROXIMITY [Windows Phone]
ID_CAP_NETWORKING [Windows Phone]

See also

Proximity and Tapping (JavaScript)
Proximity and Tapping (C#/VB/C++)
Samples
Proximity sample

 

 

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